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Breaking: Court invalidates Buhari’s Naira redesign policy, orders old N200, N500, N1,000 notes to remain legal tender till Dec 31

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Formerly banned old N200, N500, N1,000 notes are to remain legal tenders till Dec 31st as the Supreme Court invalidates the new naira redesign policy initiated by the Federal Government.

The apex court annulled the validity of the new monetary policy on the grounds that it was not done with due consultation and in line with constitutional provisions, according to the Punch.

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However, following the Supreme court’s order, the old naira notes shall continue to be used side by side with the new naira notes till December 31, 2023.

The court held that the three months timeline was also not in tune with the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Act and as such unconstitutional.

Besides, the apex court argued that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), usurped the powers of the CBN when he issued the directive banning the old naira notes of N1,000, N500 and N200 notes from February 10, 2023.

Delivering judgement, the court considered the defendants’ argument that the court lacked jurisdiction to decide on the case.

Justice Agim stated that the act of the president and government of Nigeria is an act of the federation.

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The court held that the dispute is between the states and the government of the Federation and within the original jurisdiction of the court.

It held that the government of the federation should have held adequate consultation to avoid massive disruption of government operations and trades thereby invalidating the argument that the CBN was the proper party to be sued and maintaining that it was not the action of the CBN that is being challenged but the validity of the decision of the President to redesign the naira, release the new notes into circulation and withdraw the old notes without consultation with Nigerians through the council of states and the National Economic Council.

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The court further held that the CBN does not have to be joined as a party in the suit as the CBN had no power to carry out the policy without the directive of the president and that the suit is not an action against the banks or the CBN.

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